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I am an OR nurse looking for some help while waiting for answers....
I have intolerable pain in my lumbar/sacral spine. I have X-rays showing inflamed SI joint. All my blood work has returned normal and insignificant findings. I also experience great pain on my left side at the greater trochanter. Pain is unrelieved by any OTC meds available. I also use ice packs as needed. I have good ROM but with constant pain. I do not remember a day that I was pain free. Previous l4-5 ruptured disc (8yrs ago). PCOS and mild endometriosis. Can this still be rheumatoid with negative blood test? Any help with pain control?
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replied January 16th, 2015
Thank you for asking at ehealthforum!

I read your question and i understand your concern. not it is least likely to be rheumatoid. With history of disc prolapse at l4 l4 these are the symptoms of compressive neuropathy involving disc prolapse or compression most likely. You need a spine expert and a physiotherapist. I am sure a few weeks NSAIDs and corticosteroids with physiotherapy will make the difference.

I hope it helps. stay in touch with your healthcare provider for further guidance as our answers are just for education and counselling purposes and can not be an alternative to actual visit to a doctor.

Take care

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